Cal Baseball Defeats Pacific, 3-1
March 17, 2006
BERKELEY, CALIF. - Led by the outstanding pitching of junior right-hander Brandon Morrow, a key two-run double by Mike Van Winden in the sixth inning, and a solo home run by Allen Craig in the seventh, the Cal baseball team upended Pacific, 3-1, in the first game of a three-game series Friday at Evans Diamond. The Golden Bears improved to 11-8 overall, while the Tigers fell to 11-7.
Morrow, a preseason All-American in Baseball America, was again spectacular, throwing 8.3 innings with four hits, one run, three walks and 10 strikeouts to improve his record to 4-0. He now has 46 strikeouts in 42.0 innings this season with a 1.29 ERA.
Sophomore first baseman Mike Van Winden broke a 0-0 tie with a two-out, two-run double off of Pacific starter Luke Massetti in the bottom of the sixth inning. Senior shortstop Craig, who is currently on an eight-game hitting streak and hitting .400 for the season, gave the Bears an insurance run with a solo homer off of Massetti in the seventh inning. Massetti (2-2) ended up throwing a complete-game (8.0 innings, five hits, three runs, two walks, four strikeouts), but suffered the loss.
The Tigers scored their lone run in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter John Devany. Pacific threatened to tack on more runs when they had the bases loaded in the ninth, but Cal senior reliever Alex Trafton earned his third save of the year by getting the Tigers' Adam Ching to ground out to the pitcher to end the game.
The Bears will next take on Pacific in the second game of the three-game series, Saturday, Mar. 18 at 1 p.m. at Banner Island Ballpark (home of the Oakland A's single A affiliate) in Stockton. Cal then returns to Evans Diamond for the third game, beginning at 1 p.m. on Mar. 19.
Cal: Allen Craig, solo home run in the seventh inning.